Cul­ture can help in the fight against crime

Observer on Saturday - - News - Com­piled by Po­lice In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion of­fice

The Po­lice Ser­vice has once again taken the cul­tural route in con­vey­ing crime pre­ven­tion mes­sages to the Swazi na­tion in a bid to in­ten­sify the fight against crime in the coun­try.

Us­ing cul­ture as a medium for fight­ing crime, Sipho­fa­neni Po­lice Crime Pre­ven­tion Unit in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Sipho­fa­neni con­stituency fa­cil­i­tated a crime pre­ven­tion cul­ture­day in­volv­ing all the ten chief­doms un­der it namely:

Tam­boti, Mkhweli, Madlenya, Maphilingo, Nceka,Hlutse,Vik­iz­ijula, Ngevini and Macetjeni. Lut­sango, im­bali and sib­haca groups were com­pet­ing in cul­tural dance as they were ex­pected to com­pose tra­di­tional songs con­vey­ing mes­sages against crime.

This was a sec­ond event as the first one was held last year at Sitho­bela con­stituen­cyan­dit­wasthemed “Silwa neb­u­cala ngekut­fut­fuk­isa emasiko”. Prince Ma­jaha and Prince Mcwasho were among the no­table guests along with pupils from Buckswood School in Eng­land.

Al­soinat­ten­dance­wasSe­niorDeputy Na­tional Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Wil­liamDlamini­to­geth­er­with­Deputy Na­tion­alCom­mis­sion­erRossMaseko.

Speak­ing dur­ing the event, Prince Ma­jaha who was the guest of honor, said the coun­try was for­ever grate­ful to the Royal Swazi­land Po­lice Ser­vice for its fight against crime.


He said it was even more ex­cit­ing that the po­lice were now in­cor­po­rat­ing cul­ture into the fight against crime which was a lan­guage most Swazis un­der­stood.

The Prince noted that though the crime rate was not that alarm­ing in the­coun­try,it­was keythat­suchevents that sen­si­tised Swazis about the dan­gers of crime be held on a reg­u­lar ba­sis­sothat­peo­plew­erewellinformed about crime pre­ven­tion.

He com­mended the po­lice ser­vice for adopt­ing the cul­tural route in con­vey­ing crime pre­ven­tion mes­sages to the com­mu­nity. He said peo­ple are more likely to un­der­stand them in cul­tural form as it was the Swazi way of life.Tra­di­tional au­thor­i­ties were al­sochal­lenged­towork with­the­p­o­lice ser­vice in en­sur­ing that the crime rate is kept at a min­i­mum be­cause it had ad­verse ef­fects on the econ­omy of the coun­try.

Pupils from Buckswood School were given a chance to show­case their in­gadla and um­miso danc­ing skills.

Vik­iz­ijula chief­dom dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings win the lut­sango and im­bali tro­phies with po­si­tion one while sib­haca cham­pi­onship went to Ngevini chief­dom.

The crime pre­ven­tion cul­ture day is aimed at reach­ing out to the masses that are not reach­able in schools, churches and com­mu­nity meet­ings, they in­clude out of school youth.

The crime pre­ven­tion unit de­cried thatthey­had­taugh­tin­dif­fer­ent­fo­rums how­ever they could not get the out of school youth in­stead they could only reach the el­derly peo­ple yet it wasthey­ouththat­was­most­ly­in­volved in crime.

STRESS­ING A POINT: Prince Ma­jaha who was the guest speaker dur­ing the cul­ture crime pre­ven­tion cam­paign ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing.

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